The new Jordan Bike Trail is a 454-mile, mixed-surface bike route that crosses the entire length of the beautiful Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Starting from the North in Um Qais and ending in the Southern port of Aqaba, it passes through an impressive variety of historical and natural wonders.
The trail begins with rolling hills, olive groves, and farms in the North; continues across the dramatic canyons of the Dead Sea region; meanders through the remarkable landscapes of Dana, Petra, and Wadi Rum – before finally splashing into the Red Sea.
Jordan is hitting the headlines as one of Lonely Planet’s best countries in the world to visit in 2019, and it’s easy to see why. The award-winning Jordan Trail and new direct flight routes from the UK have helped push Jordan back onto traveller’s radars in a country already ranked highly for spectacular historic and natural sights.
For adventure seekers, Jordan provides an ancient playground to embark on activities such as hiking the Jordan Trail; a 650-kilometre hiking trail that encompasses diverse landscapes from the rolling wooded hills of the north, the rose rock of Petra, the dramatic sands in Wadi Rum, to the crystal waters of the Red Sea.
Jordan also has 67 wet year-round spectacular sandstone, limestone and basalt canyons and wadis to explore. Travellers will discover hidden gorges, hike through streams, as well as rappelling and sliding down waterfalls.
Known as the ‘climbing capital of the Middle East’, in Jordan many crags have been discovered and bolted, especially in the desert wonder of Wadi Rum, with the north of the country offering many secret climbing paradises.
Exploring the desert landscape of Wadi Rum, whether by 4×4, on camel or horseback, is an incredible experience, best capped off by an overnight stay in a Bedouin camp.